I suppose I am finding a new focus for this blog, more proactive on behalf of animals and our environment, more political, and less silly. I read the comments on this Michael Vick article, some of which turned my stomach. I wonder about the callous attitude of a person who can write that Michael Vick killed a dog, "So what?"
He did not kill a dog; he and his entourage killed scores of dogs. In addition, Vick and his cohort trained loyal pitbulls to become active killers for the disgusting sport of dog fighting. These traumatized dogs would do anything for their handlers - even put themselves in mortal danger and extreme pain - to please them. It is not in their nature to fight each other - it IS in their nature to live in a pack and to obey pack rules. A losing dog in its natural environment will roll over and give up, and the victor will stop fighting without going in for the kill. These dogs were trained to keep going.
If these dogs did not live up to their killer potential, Vick's group killed them. If they won, they lived to fight (and suffer) another day. That's the thanks they got. The commentor's casual attitude towardsthe killing and abuse of these suffering pitbulls is appalling. He wasn't the only one. Many people commenting about Vick's return to football failed to empathize with the canines and had a so-what attitude. Like Vick, they only had their eyes on the prize, in this case, watching Vick play pro football again.
I have yet to meet a pitbull I haven't liked. Beautiful, magnificent animals, their reputation has suffered as a group because of their loyalty and desire to please and do anything for their callous owners. Shame on us for taking advantage of their decent natures. Am I a pitbull owner? No. My dog is a small terrier. But I would choose a pitbull for a companion over a Michael Vick or his cohort any day. Thankfully, some of the Vick pitbulls were saved through the efforts of trainers in Dogtown. A few actually found loving homes and are living the happy life they deserve.
Frankly, if Vick never played football again it would be too soon. Who the hell cares if he's talented.